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How to Read the Bible Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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Now I am taking an excellent Christian course of classes on the Bible, much of it on the Hebrew Bible (what Christians call the Old Testament). In my classes there is such a wealth of information well taught that sometimes I do not feel that I have either internalized the essence of the topic and useful information on the history of the writing and compilation of the Bible itself. In fact that is not the point of the class. I use Brettler's book to pull myself away and look at the information a slightly different way.
I have been greatly enlightened by reading Professor Brettler's book as it covers much ESSENTIAL information I think a person needs to read the Bible (Old Testament). For example, I did not know that there were several different versions of the "ten commandments" (the Decalogue), and even different Christian denominations used different versions.
Well, this is a wonderful book and whether you end up agreeing with everything Brettler has concluded is irrelevant to whether reading it is a great learning experience. I also think it is helpful for Christians to read a book by a Jewish Bible scholar, although many of his sources come from Christian scholars as well a Jewish ones.
the Prophet Amos, although he refernces traditions that comport with some of the ones in the Torah, but not the book of Deutronomy as evidenced by Amos' approval of certain mourning practices forbidden in that Book. He also emphasizes his opinion that the Canonical version we now have was most assuredly not the original, in part due to absence of an obligation on the part of the redactor(s) or even the oral transmitter(s) to the text, particularly where there were other objectives to be accomplished. A draw-back of the book is Professor Brettler's decision not to have footnotes in proximity to the cited provisions. However, on the whole, the book is filled with data and textual quotations that can be easily verified by the reader with ready access to translations of the Bible.
The fact that this book is a pleasure to read almost conceals the fact that it is also crammed with information, both historical and interpretive, reflecting Dr. Brettler's depth of learning. One can hardly turn a page without revealing some new tidbit of insight, many of which trigger a new understanding of some aspect of a Bible story or of a larger view of the Bible's context and meaning.
This is a book I'll return to again and again
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I'm enjoying this book. It offers a fresh perspective on the Bible (OT) that is proving profitable. This year I've read probably six or seven books on the theme of "how to read... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Norm Macdonald
In reading this book; you will be challenged to face new ideas and concepts and realities.
It will leave you with a whole new and revitalized passion for the bible; and... Read more
Top notch scholarship. Highly readable. Respectful of Jewish belief. A bit too historical critical but not to much. Highly recommend.Published on December 21, 2013 by peter kucer
I really like the author and have read other text authored by him. There is a level of clarity that I find to be enjoyable. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by RHL
Prof Marc Brettler is a superb scholar and this book is a masterpiece of Biblical interpretion. The only drawback, and it's a serious drawback, is that the Kindle edition does not... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Gordon Papert
The Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, forms the greater part of what even many nonbelievers wouldn't hesitate to call the most influential book in the history of Western civilisation. Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by Cal Engime
This is an informal companion to the Bible written by a thoughtful expert looking to demonstrate the benefits of the historico-critical method. Read morePublished on August 21, 2010 by Ryan Mease